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Old 09-13-2007, 05:51 AM   #1
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Question Teething Q's

I have some concerns about teething that I haven't noticed being discussed before .

First , are there different stages of teething ?

....and if there are different stages is there anything different I need to do throughout the different stages to make my pup more comfortable ?


I have some nylabones , teething keys and am going to get a chilly bone (a bone that can be frozen that's supposed to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with teething). Any items you would recommend or alternatives I don't know about ?

All help is greatly appreciated .

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Old 09-13-2007, 06:07 AM   #2
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Hi necknot


From 10-13 weeks is when a pups teeth are deveoping at that stage you should be teaching your pup not to bite and encourage him/her to play with toys

After this stage there teeth are fine but you still need to keep them clean with a bone or tooth brush( only use dogs ones with doggie tooth paste not human ones) or even a kong

Here is a link http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=12292 to a thread I started about tooth decay and stuff like that


Also you need to brush your dogs teeth more if you are feeding wet food more then dry because wet food makes dogs teeth more dirty then dry
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:16 AM   #3
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Thank You , I was reading the thread you linked me to ! that's kinna creepy

I know that pup will be not only chewing from teething but also exploring with her mouth I think I'm good about redirecting the chewing to an appropriate avenue . I read ssomething in the faq's from applesmom and it is exactly what I practiced with my previous dogs , both of which I got a 6 months of age via surrender and stray. I'm concerned about the period before this because the pup I pick up saturday will be 11 weeks old and I want to make sure I do the right things at the right times ..

This forum seems to have some of the nicest , most knowledgable members with a vast amaount of experience and i'm glad to be able to draw from the experience of others while I work toward creating the best life for my guys/gals.

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Your welcome

And lol yeah creepy
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Well one thing my friend did when her pup was teething was to soak a facecloth in water and then freeze it. It kept the pups gums cool and gave her something to chew (take her focus off the furniture lol). I suppose the chilly bone does the same job, but I just thought I would mention it
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Thanks you , please mention anything and everything

I like to mix it up to keep things interesting

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Pups will start to lose their baby teeth around 5-6 months of age. Frozen carrots are also great for teething pups (in addition to the items mentioned above).

My vet insisted that I didn't need to soften Ozzy's kibble & he said it would actually assist in getting the loose teeth out & toughening up his gums. I, however, ignored that advice & did soften his food when his gums were a little bloody from recent tooth loss. The process of "out with the old & in with the new" took over a month but there were days that he'd lose 2 & 3 teeth at a time.

Before, during & after teething, it is important to give your pup lots of chewing items to strengthen their jaws & give them appropriate things to keep them away from shoes, furniture, etc. so you don't need to limit those things you're using for teething to just those times.
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Frozen carrots are an awesome thing to give when a pup is teething. They soothe the teeth and gums, are nutritionally sound, and they also help the process along.

Try not to worry too much and give the carrots along iwth some good chew toys such as a puppy kong ( NO ROPE toys ) and your pup will do great!

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Try not to worry too much and give the carrots along iwth some good chew toys such as a puppy kong ( NO ROPE toys ) and your pup will do great!
huh oh...what's wrong with rope toys? I ask because Minsc loves his and I didn't know not to give it to him.


He got a Moo Shoe for the first time last night and he LOVES it!

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Chew rubber toys are way better for dogs teeth the rope ones wont help at all.
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